Thursday, 14 April 2016

Aregbesola calls on Buhari to probe N5.8trillion crude oil theft

Aregbesola calls on Buhari to
probe N5.8trillion crude oil
theft

– Gov Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state has
urged the federal government to investigate
N5.8trillion oil theft under the
PDP administration
–  “As we are condemning corruption, we
should also charge ourselves to be
productive. We should be able to earn our
living as a people.”
Rauf Aregbesola, the governor of Osun state,
has called on President Muhammadu Buhari
to establish a commission of inquiry to probe
those guilty of crude oil theft worth up to
N5.8 trillion under Goodluck Jonathan-led
administration.
The governor made this know during
his meeting with members of the Committee
for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) on
Wednesday in Osogbo. According to the
governor, the country lost 400,000 barrels of
crude oil daily with the previous
government connivance. Presidency responds British paper
Earlier, the CDHR supporters reportedly
staged a protest against corruption and
current economic crisis, while
its representatives handed over a letter to
Mr Aregbesola with suggestions on the
recovered funds and demands for the
president.
Mr Aregbesola, in his turn, commended the
group for joining President Muhammadu
Buhari in his fight against corruption and
recovering of funds looted from the public
treasury.
The governor said: “In the middle of 2013 a
party at the helms of affairs of our country told
us that four hundred thousand barrels of
crude oil were stolen on a regular basis for 24
months, we never heard that it stopped for that
period. What we have lost is N5.8 trillion to an
unprotected crude oil theft in 24 months.
We can imagine how many roads, schools and
quality of electricity we could get from such
amount. I am not underestimating your
demands but you still need to add to your
demand requesting how the country lost
400,000 barrels of crude oil everyday.”
He also touched on the issue of poor
productivity in the country saying: “Aside
from corruption, what is actually affecting the
country is low productivity, as we are
condemning corruption, we should also charge
ourselves to be productive.
We should be able to earn our living as a
people. I promise to deliver this your letter to
the President when he comes back from China
and I will let him know how passionate you
are on the war against corruption.”